Global Connections and Fashion Histories: East Asian Embroidered Garments

Cheang, Sarah and Kramer, Elizabeth (2021) Global Connections and Fashion Histories: East Asian Embroidered Garments. In: Rethinking Fashion Globalization. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 37-66. ISBN 9781350180062, 9781350180055, 9781350181304, 9781350180079

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This chapter explores Asian/American/European fashion interactions across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. It seeks to avoid a simplistic narrative of ‘exotic’ components in European fashion, or interpreting fashion globalization in broad strokes as the adoption of European dress styles by non-European societies in cultural flows from ‘the West’ to ‘the Rest’. Instead, it focuses on the complex fluidity of two particular garment types within global movements of fashion that have created multi-centred and multi-directional stories: the sukajan, also known as the souvenir or tour jacket, and the embroidered shawl (Figures 3. 1 and 3. 2) . Sukajan were originally created by the Japanese as souvenirs for American troops serving in Occupied Japan (1945–52) . As their popularity grew, sukajan became available at military bases around the world to commemorate further tours of duty in both peace and wartime. From the 1960s onward, its use in...

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
W200 Design studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 10:17
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2022 03:31

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